as it is right now

When I first moved into my home, this time last year, I was so excited to unpack the many boxes I had been harboring at my parents': boxes that held everything from towels and dishes to boxed up memories. I couldn't wait to get in here and put everything in its place and decorate everything like the Joanna Gaines that lives deep inside me.

Once I moved though, I quickly realized I still had too many clothes and not enough free time. This combination meant that while I was having fun getting settled, I never quite felt like rooms were "done" or "ready". So when it comes to sharing where I am with my space, I think I still harbor a little feeling of "Wait! I'm not ready, yet!"

These snaps here are from my guest-room-in-the-making. I still have a collection of artifacts I would like to hang on the walls and I am waiting to find bed skirts that speak to me. But right now, at this moment, this is what it looks like.

One thing I love about this blogging space, however inconsistently I've used it over the past ten years, is the ability to scroll through old posts like a time capsule and relive old memories through the posts, here. And when I think about my feelings of hesitancy in sharing or jumping before I'm ready, I realize that if I never shared my life at those times, I wouldn't have the opportunity to float back through the memories and snapshots, later.

I think there's value in showing up before we're ready and also in being present in the now. And I think there's value in accepting where we are, in every area of life. Because when we accept where we are, it's a whole lot easier to move forward - whatever direction forward may be.

So for that reason, I want to celebrate life: exactly as it is right now. 

What is life for you right in this moment?
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 As It Is Right Now  (Week 1 - 8.21.18)


Taking Stock

Maybe it's nostalgia. Maybe I just want to be able to remember how things were right this minute, in history. But whatever it is, here is "taking stock" summer 2018 edition.

Making: too many knitting projects. seriously, how many half-fished scarves can a girl have?
Cooking: YES! I actually am, now. Who am I?
Drinking: Spindrift. Over and over again. I'm addicted. 
Reading: Sense and Sensibility. Because I'm in love with it. 
Wanting: a break from reality. 
Looking: at the cutest sleeping pup and pictures from the Taylor Swift concert, my sister took me to.  
Playing: gamey games. 
Wasting: hours. 
Sewing: haha. Nothing. The way it should be. 
Wishing: I wouldn't lose so many lip gloss tubes. 
Enjoying: Paul Cardall on pandora.
Waiting: to start my dissertation. 
Liking: the way I feel, without processed food. 
Wondering: how long my 5% battery will last. 
Loving: Saladwords dates with my mama
Hoping: I can commit to this new fitness routine, I signed up for. 
Marveling: at how green my almost-dead grass has become.
Needing: a nap. 
Smelling: apple cinnamon, everywhere. Seriously, I will never get tired of this scent. In candles. In air fresheners. In room sprays. In the oven. Everywhere.
Wearing: Shorts, because it's summer. But freezing, because air conditioning. 
Following: lots of new Instagram accounts that ooze inspiration. 
Noticing: that there really can be enough time for everything. 
Knowing: that life is about seasons. And I'm genuinely enjoying the one I'm living in, right now. 
Thinking: about fall and the new school year and fall and leaves and fall. 
Feeling: my face, every time I do my nightly routine. 
Bookmarking: instructions on how to fix bluetooth speakers
Opening: the refrigerator. 
Giggling: at late night Snapchats from handsome mediocre men. 
Feeling: inspired.

(Pretty sure Taking Stock started with Pip's blog about a hundred years ago!)